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A Winston-Salem man was arrested for trafficking heroin after a high-speed chase in western Rowan County on Tuesday.

Deionte DayShaun Keaton, 24, was located in a dumpster at the Rushco Food Store on Statesville Boulevard.

Rowan County deputies said Keaton was being sought for heroin trafficking related to an incident in Woodleaf on June 29 when investigators arrested 39-year-old Michael Angelo White Jr., from Midland.

White was found in possession of approximately 562 grams of heroin, 172 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a .380 Ruger, Model LCP, semi-automatic handgun, according to deputies. 

Keaton was spotted on Tuesday in a black 2012 Honda Accord on Miller Road, west of Salisbury, and deputies attempted a traffic stop.

Deputies said Keaton took off and the chase continued onto Highway 150 to Sherrills Ford Road where deputies lost sight of the Honda around Majolica Road. 

Deputies said that after a thorough search, investigators located the abandoned Honda parked in the parking lot of Rolling Hills Apartments on Ashbrook Road. 

Investigators set up a perimeter around the location, and with the help of concerned citizens, Keaton was found hiding in a dumpster at the Rushco Food Store, deputies said.

With assistance from the Winston-Salem Police Department, a search warrant was executed at the Keaton’s home on Mardon Circle in Winston-Salem, and approximately one-half kilogram of cocaine, a quantity of marijuana and a firearm were seized. 

Keaton was charged in Rowan County with conspiracy to traffick heroin, two counts of trafficking heroin by possession and delivery, and felony fleeing to elude. 

Keaton was placed under a $1,550,000 secured bond.  He is pending charges in Forsyth County related to the search of his residence, according to deputies. 

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